Jerry Lockett


Jerry Lockett has been writing about conservation, the environment, natural sciences, sailing and the oceans for more than 25 years. His magazine articles have been published in Canada, England and the USA. Credits include Atlantic Business Magazine, Atlantic Boating News, Blue Water Sailing, Conservator, The Chronicle Herald, Equinox, New Scientist, BBC Wildlife, Geographical Magazine and Cruising World, and he is a two-time Atlantic Journalism Awards finalist (2003 and 2004).

Originally from England, he gave up a photographic career in 1989 to spend five years as a charter yacht captain in the Virgin Islands and Bahamas. In 1996 he settled in Halifax. In addition to writing, he has edited books for a number of publishers. He now spends most of his time writing and directing short documentary films with a focus on marine conservation.




2003 and 2004 Atlantic Journalism Awards—Excellence in Journalism


2011 Dartmouth Book Awards prize for non-fiction for Captain James Cook in Atlantic Canada


2012 Atmospheric Science Librarians International Choice Awards: Honorable Mention for The Discovery of Weather


2013 The Discovery of Weather shortlisted for the Evelyn Richardson Memorial Non-fiction Award


2013 The Discovery of Weather shortlisted for the American Meteorological Society’s Louis J. Battan Author’s Award


2015 Atlantic Film Festival. The Weir: Fishing Fundy’s Giant Tides, Best Atlantic Short Documentary

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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those with no professional publications (yet!) or a few short professional publications (i.e., poems, stories, or essays in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with numerous professional publications and/or one book-length publication.
  • Established writers/authors: those with two book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short publications.
  • Professional authors: those with more than two book-length publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for participant-to-participant feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at